Entries tagged with: Teen Suicide
by Andrew Sacher
You may know New York trio Crying as a band that mixes chiptune and pop punk, but as their series of tweets screenshotted above points out, they're also huge fans of... Rush. And that's pretty apparent from their new single "Patriot," which is a departure from their earlier material. The song opens with an intro that bears an uncanny resemblance to Rush's "The Spirit of Radio," and the chorus bring in synths that recall Rush's mid-'80s new wave period. Not to mention Crying have a technical drummer who's a great fit for this kind of proggy workout. But when singer Elaiza Santos comes in with dream pop vocals, it's clear that Crying aren't just copying their heroes. They take on prog more like Mew or The Most Serene Republic, mixing it with more modern trends in indie. Listen for yourself below.
Crying are about to kick off a tour with Eskimeaux, but first they play a free NYC show on Friday (3/27) at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That lineup's pretty great all around, with Crying's Run for Cover labelmates Teen Suicide headlining, plus Amanda X, LVL UP, Flagland and Washer.
Speaking of Eskimeaux, the Epoch member and Frankie Cosmos collaborator recently released the first single from her upcoming album, OK, which comes out May 12 via Double Double Whammy. It's called "Broken Necks," and it's an intricately-layered intimate pop song that would've fit nicely on former Carissa's Wierd singer Jenn Ghetto's S album last year. Listen below.
Flippant attitude from their online presence in full force, vocalist/guitarist Sam Ray and guitarist John Toohey were quick to pop out of the high-octane songs right into banter about parents' flights getting sent back because of the snow, the virtues of weed (Sam hollered "Give it up for weed!" intermittently throughout the set) and disparaging remarks to their new boss, Run For Cover head honcho Jeff Cassaza who flew into town for the show.The above quote is from our review on BV Chicago of Teen Suicide when we caught them on their recent tour with Alex G. (The tour hit NYC on 2/5 at Palisades.) The band don't have another tour lined up at the moment, but Sam Ray (aka Ricky Eat Acid) & co. will play a free one-off in NYC on March 27 at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. That show has a great lineup all around with Amanda X, Flagland, Crying, Washer and LVL UP.
Teen Suicide had drummer Dexter Loos on loan from Alex G, and were in full-on rockstar mode for their set. Between the constant spins across the stage, monitor mounting and back-to-back shredding it was kind of difficult to remember that their songs are kind of, well, overwhelmingly depressing. The band played songs spanning their discography and also busted out a few new songs including one called "God" and one called "Alex," both of which were a little more mellow than the band's usual fare.
Though it's a one-off for Teen Suicide, for Crying it's the first date of their tour, the rest of which is with recent Double Double Whammy signee, Epoch member, and Frankie Cosmos collaborator Eskimeaux. All dates on that tour are listed below.
Run For Cover (which The FADER just did a great profile on) is releasing a remastered version of Teen Suicide's debut LP and a collection of their EPs later this year. Stream two of the remastered tracks and check out the Brooklyn show flyer below...
by Bill Pearis
photo: Quilt @ BVSXSW 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Quilt will be coming down from Boston to visit NYC this weekend to play Brooklyn Night Bazaar on Saturday (2/21) with The Mystery Lights, King Cyst, and Monograms on the bill as well. The band, who were last here to play one of the final Glasslands shows, don't have any other dates lined up -- perhaps we'll get some new songs. It's been almost a year since they released Held in Splendor (one of my favorites of 2014). They're terrific live, the rest of the lineup is good, and the show is free, so that's a great option if you're looking for something to do. RSVP to skip the line.
Tonight (2/20) at BKNB it's JD Samson will be performing live tonight as part of a a new group with her MEN bandmate Tami Hart, plus Lorna Dune and Aaron Harris. Other upcoming Night Bazaar shows of note: Word Inferno Friendship Society on March 7; Ex Cops, HEAT and more on March 13; Craft Spells,The Bilinda Butchers, Heavenly Beat and more on March 14; Teen Suicide, Amanda X, Lvl Up, Crying, Flagland and Washer on March 27; and Pity Sex and more TBA on April 17. All upcoming Brooklyn Night Bazaar shows are listed below....
by Andrew Sacher
Alex G @ Knitting Factory - 12/12/14 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Indie rocker Alex G hit NYC this past Friday (12/12) for a show at Knitting Factory. His backing band was able to lend some cool three-part harmonies, and Alex's deadpan humor between songs was about as entertaining as the music itself. Their tourmates Cymbals Eat Guitars headlined, and you can read about their set here.
Alex has now announced another tour, this time with this Orchid Tapes pal Sam Ray's band Teen Suicide. That tour hits NYC on February 5 at Palisades. Tickets for that show go on sale at noon on Wednesday (12/17). All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, you can catch Sam's Ricky Eat Acid project at Baby's All Right on New Years Eve with Mykki Blanco, Perfect Pussy, Ronald Paris (Aaron Maine of Porches) and more.
List of Alex G/Teen Suicide dates, with the tour flyer and album streams from both bands, below...
by Zack Baker
Alex G is currently on tour with Gardens and Villa, having played NYC earlier this week, and he's now been added as an opener to the December leg of the Cymbals Eat Guitars Northeast tour. That includes the NYC date happening at Knitting Factory on December 12. Tickets for that show are still available. All of his dates are listed below.
Alex G released his first "proper" album DSU on Orchid Tapes earlier this year, which followed several bandcamp releases. He recently took some time out of his day to talk to us about the album, his confidence, songwriting process and his affinity for animal imagery:
BV: DSU came out earlier this year, and obviously you've been making music for a long time but it felt like a landmark in your career. What has life for you been like since DSU was released?
Alex G: It was pretty similar until... I guess the big difference is that we started touring and this became more job, kinda. I haven't been working any more. We've been touring a lot since DSU came out.
What was your old job? What did you give up for touring?
AG: I was doing construction labor in a little town near Philadelphia.
by Andrew Sacher
NYC-area chiptune band Crying, who put out their Get Olde EP on Double Double Whammy last year, recently announced that they've signed to larger label Run For Cover (Modern Baseball, Basement), who say new music is coming soon. The band have played locally a lot, and they currently have many tour dates lined up including a bunch more in and around NYC. They play Brooklyn Launch Pad on May 31, then Hamden, CT's The Space on June 7 with Saintseneca (tickets). After that they'll go on a short tour with Teen Suicide that includes an Asbury Lanes (6/15) show with Pity Sex and Nothing (tickets) and a Brooklyn show at Shea Stadium (6/19). Then they go on a much longer tour with Told Slant which includes yet another Brooklyn show on July 4 at The Ho_se with Frankie Cosmos. All Crying dates are listed below.
In other Run For Cover news, the label releases the new Tigers Jaw album, Charmer, next week (6/3) which you can now stream in full on Pitchfork and pre-order for only $5. Like I said when singles "Nervous Kids" and "Hum" were released, it sounded like Tigers Jaw was going on a different direction than their previous material, and now that the whole thing's out there it can safely be said this is like nothing they've done before. The band haven't fully abandoned their punk roots -- there's still an edge here -- but like their tourmates/labelmates Pity Sex, Charmer is much more overtly indie rock than many releases by their peers. The vocals echo '80s mope rock, and the songs themselves are driving but never really go past mid-tempo. The harmonies Brianna Collins contributes are always on point too. Highly recommended album.
Tigers Jaw's tour with Pity Sex hits NYC on 6/18 at MHOW with Petal and Loose Planes (tickets). After that, they go on a tour with Touche Amore and Dads which doesn't hit NYC but hits Long Island on July 15 at Revolution (tickets).
RFC also recently reissued the 2013 sophomore album by Sweden's Makthaverskan, II. While II is '80s-inspired post-punk through and through, which is far from a unique description of a band in 2014, Makthaverskan really don't sound like many other groups at the moment. They very much remember that post-punk did indeed stem from punk, but not by cranking up the distortion. The guitars are all relatively clean, and the leads soar like Joy Division or Cure leads, but there's a backbone to the rhythm section. On a song like "Distance," all those guitars would need to do is switch to power chords and they'd have themselves a Black Flag song. But what really sets Makthaverskan apart from the rest is Maja Milner's powerhouse voice and her lyrics. While post-punk can often be about being moody or apathetic, Maja sounds quite the opposite, wailing in a way that sounds like she demands to be heard. And when she kicks off the album with a chorus of "Fuck you"s, only to belt out "Fuck you for fucking me when I was seventeen" on album standout "No Mercy" seven songs later, it's not hard to see why those demands are met. Take a listen to II for yourself below. No word on US dates yet but hopefully they come over here soon.
Run For Cover also recently signed Adventures (aka 3/4 of Code Orange Kids), who we caught at Webster Hall Studio not long ago. Adventures' first release for the label will be a split 7" with Pity Sex that includes a new song by each band, plus a cover of Turning Point's "Behind This Wall" by Adventures and a Pixies cover by Pity Sex.
Camera Shy, the duo of Nick Bassett (who is currently in Whirr and Nothing and previously of Deafheaven) and former Whirr vocalist Alexandra Morte, recently joined the label as well and put out an acoustic dreamy pop track "Spin Me," which you can spin below. (Alexandra isn't the only former Whirr vocalist with a release on RFC.)
Nothing at Rough Trade NYC on Record Store Day 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Speaking of Nothing, they bring their tour with RFC-signed Superheaven (formerly Daylight) to NYC on June 14 at The Studio at Webster Hall. Since we last spoke, UnWed (mems Hot Water Music, Small Brown Bike) were added to that show. Tickets for that one are still available.
Speaking of Small Brown Bike, they'll release a collaborative 12" with The Casket Lottery on Run for Cover on June 17. You can stream one of those tracks, "Wrong Hometown," below. Able Baker Fox, who feature members of both Small Brown Bike and The Casket Lottery, are breaking their silence with a Michigan show and a set at The Fest this year. No other dates announced at the moment.
To go back to Superheaven and Pity Sex, both of those bands open for their UK labelmates Basement on that band's reunion tour which hits NYC on August 19 at Webster Hall (tickets). Ovlov is also on that show and they just premiered a new song from their split with Little Big League (due in August via Tiny Engines) over at Stereogum. It's called "The Great Crocodile" and can be heard below.
All mentioned streams and the list of Crying dates, below...
you probably won't see this guy on tour any time soon
R&B duo Quadron, whose Robin Hannibal is also one half of Rhye, are currently on the road supporting Mayer Hawthorne, and will be touring with them through early March. That tour hits NYC on February 27 at Webster Hall and February 28 at Warsaw, with Quadron opening on both dates. Tickets for those shows are still available. All dates are listed below.
As mentioned, Rhye are also playing shows around that time, including NYC on February 21 at Webster Hall, which is sold out.
However, as Daily News points out, you won't see Robin Hannibal at either of those, as he chooses not to tour. From the Daily News interview:
Q: So it has nothing to do with you being too shy to be on stage?This may not come as a surprise if you've been following either band or caught them live in the past. He's a producer for both, but doesn't tour.
A: No, no. I've been on stage several times, but it doesn't give me satisfaction. What makes my clock tick and makes me excited is writing songs and making the music. ... Most people often don't know how long it takes to make 3 ½ minutes of music. It's a long process... and that's my complete focus.
Plus, my chops now as a musician aren't as good as they once were. That's why I think Coco and I work so well. She's an amazing performer and I'm not.
Since we last spoke, Ricky Eat Acid (Sam Ray of Julia Brown/Teen Suicide) has been added as an opener for Rhye's Webster Hall show. If you don't have tickets to that show but still want to catch him, you can do so much sooner at the previously discussed Gem Club show at Mercury Lounge on Sunday (2/2), which also has Foxes in Fiction on the bill. Tickets for that show are still available.
Meanwhile, Sam's other band Teen Suicide is going on a previously discussed tour with Special Explosion, Alex G and Sorority Noise which hits NYC on February 27 at Suburbia.
All Quadron dates are listed, along with a video and some Ricky Eat Acid streams, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Seattle indie rockers Special Explosion began picking up speed with some self-released material in 2012, and they've just signed to Topshelf Records, who will release their forthcoming EP, The Art of Mothering, on February 25. There's a real early Death Cab vibe to the new record (especially in the vocals), but they're good songwriters in their own right too. You can stream the EP's first single, "Clotheslined" (via Stereogum), below. Also below is a stream of their old EP, which you can also buy (name your price) on bandcamp.
Special Explosion are also heading out on a tour this year which includes a run with Teen Suicide (Sam Ray of Julia Brown), Sorority Noise and Alex G, which will make for some consistently solid bills. That run brings those four bands to Brooklyn on February 27 at Suburbia (330 Melrose St).
All dates, including Treefort Music Fest, are listed, along with the song streams, below...
Heliotropes at 480 Pixels party in August, one of many bands who had shows at Delinquency this week, (more by Chris La Putt)
To all Delinquency family, friends, performers, and promoters: We regret to inform that we have been forced to close temporarily and relocate all CMJ shows:(((( Please stay tuned for new show locations. We are supper bummed but will be back in a few weeks to continue spreading the loving party vibes and good times we have all shared this amazing summer. - [Delinquency Facebook]As mentioned above, Bushwick venue Delinquency got shut down and will be closed for the time being, meaning all their CMJ shows are finding new homes. So far:
Tonight's Sleepies, Mr. Dream, Yvette, Alan Watts and Fasano show has been moved to XPO 929 (more info here).
Tuesday's Permanent Wave/Greenpointers Blog/Campers' Rule Records showcase (10/16) with Heliotropes, Leda, Beach Day, Backwords, The Suzan and Easy Lover has been relocated to Public Assembly.
Wednesday's We Listen for You / The Needle Drop / Beats Per Minute day party (10/17) with Dent May, Mac Demarco, Teen Suicide, Poor Lily, The Deloreans, Attic and Abasement has also been moved to Public Assembly
No word yet on where Wednesday night's Mobil party (10/17 with Heems, Sasha Go Hard, Kitty Pryde + more) will end up, or Bird Dog day party on Thursday (10/18 with Ava Luna, Royal Canoe, Fegrus and Geronimo, Murals and more), or the Old Flame Records / Heist or Hit Record day party on Friday (10/19 w/ Caged Animals, Your Youth, Gross Relations and more) but Delinquency has been posting updates on their Facebook.